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Myron Rolle
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Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-10-30) October 30, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 207
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

Myron Rolle (born October 30, 1986 in Houston, Texas) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans, who valued his athleticism and intellect, in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and studied at St. Edmund Hall,[1] Oxford University for the 2009–10 academic year in order to earn an MSc in Medical Anthropology.[2] He was recently chosen as the second smartest professional athlete by the Sporting News.[3]

Early yearsEdit

Rolle was raised in Galloway Township, New Jersey where in 2009, December 10 was decreed "Myron Rolle Day" in his hometown. He attended middle school at Galloway Township Middle School. He first attended The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey where he played the saxophone in the school band, sang in a school play, and was the sports editor of the school newspaper. He then transferred to the Hun School of Princeton and played high school football. He was an All-American and made 112 tackles including 14 for loss. ESPN's recruiting services ranked Rolle as the number one high school prospect in the country.[4] Rivals.com rated him the 12th-best player and the top athlete overall, as well as the best player from New Jersey in the 2006 recruiting class.[5] In 2006, after a nation-wide search Rolle won the prestigious annually awarded Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy, the premier African-American scholar/athlete award in America for high school males.[6]

College careerEdit

Aspiring to both the National Football League and medical school, Rolle played as a safety at FSU, completed all necessary pre-medical requirements, and earned his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in just 2.5 years with a 3.75 grade point average.[7] Rolle helped the Florida State Seminoles win on the field, and, off the field, he won a Rhodes Scholarship. He postponed playing in the NFL for a year in order to study at Oxford University.[8][9][10]

In 2008, he earned Associated Press 3rd team All-American honors as well as Football Writers Association America 2nd team All-ACC and CoSIDA Academic All-America. In the 2008 season game versus the University of Miami Hurricanes, Seminoles defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews remarked that Rolle played the best and most complete game he has ever seen a safety play at Florida State University in his 25 years of coaching. Rolle had 4 tackles (2 touchdown saving tackles), 1 tackle for loss, 4 pass breakups, 1 sack, 2 quarterback hurries and 3 critical 3rd down stops.[citation needed]

Rolle was named a finalist for one of the 32 Rhodes Scholarships awarded to Americans each year.[11] His interview for the scholarship was originally scheduled at the same time as Florida State was to play at Maryland, in which Florida State defeated Maryland 37-3. The NCAA decided to allow Rolle to take a chartered plane from his interview in Birmingham, Alabama to College Park.[9] He was awarded the scholarship less than three hours before the Florida State vs. Maryland game. He became the fourth Florida State student and second school athlete to receive the honor, as well as the only FSU football player to do so.[12][13] Rolle announced on January 12, 2009, that he would first study at Oxford University for the 2009–10 academic year in order to earn an M.Sc. in medical anthropology and would then enter the 2010 NFL Draft.[2] He was a member of St Edmund Hall, commonly known as "Teddy Hall," at Oxford, living in college accommodation at Norham Gardens.[14]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 78 in 215 lb 4.54 s 4.08 s 6.47 s 37 in 10 ft 4 in 21 rep 33

Tennessee TitansEdit

Rolle was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract on June 14, 2010.[16]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On January 31, 2012, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Rolle to a reserve/future contract.

PersonalEdit

Rolle is of Bahamian descent. He was born to Beverly and Whitney Rolle of The Bahamas.[17] His family members, including parents and three of his older brothers, Marchant, Marvis, Mordecai, McKinley (NJ) hail from Nassau, Bahamas. He is very proud of his Bahamian heritage and plans to open The Myron L. Rolle Medical Clinic and Sports Complex a free health services clinic in Steventon, Exuma, in The Bahamas.[18] Rolle is the founder of 'Our Way to Health' - an educational childhood anti-obesity program for Native Americans currently operating in the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Pueblo, Hopi and Navajo Indians. Rolle, in conjunction with Florida Secretary of Children and Family Services, George Sheldon, runs a week long Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy for Foster Care children in the State of Florida. In 2011, Rolle, along with 2006 Rhodes Scholar Garrett Johnson, created the "Emerging Scholars Project" - a program to help underrepresented college students become viable candidates for national fellowship opportunities. Rolle has been awarded days in Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, Florida as well as Keys to the City of Lafayette, Louisiana and Sarasota, Florida. In 2011, Rolle joined the Board of Trustees at Hampden-Sydney College. Rolle is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1] "His home college at Oxford, where he eats, socializes and gathers his mail, is St. Edmund, also known as Teddy Hall. He was drafted by the Titans in the 6th round in the NFL's 2010 Draft."
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Rhodes Scholar Rolle aims to convince NFL football is focus". SportsIllustrated.CNN.com. AP (Mobile, Alabama: Time Inc.). January 28, 2010. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/andy_staples/01/28/myron-rolle/index.html. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  3. "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports". Sporting News. September 27, 2010. http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/feed/2010-09/smart-athletes/story/sporting-news-names-the-20-smartest-athletes-in-sports.
  4. Rolle A Seminole, ESPN.com. Accessed October 17, 2006.
  5. "Myron Rolle". Rivals.com. http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=1&pr_key=22053. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  6. "15th Watkins Award". National Alliance of African American Athletes web site. http://www.naaaa.com/15thwatkins.html. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  7. [2]
  8. Elish, Jill (November 24, 2008). "Rolle is Florida State's third Rhodes Scholar in four years". fsu.com. Florida State University. http://www.fsu.com/pages/2008/11/24/myron_rolle_rhodes_scholar.html. Retrieved 29 November 2008.[dead link]
  9. 9.0 9.1 Thamel, Pete (November 20, 2008), "For Florida State Player and Scholar, Game Day Is Different", The New York Times: p. B17, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/sports/ncaafootball/20rolle.html
  10. "Florida State safety a Rhodes candidates". iht.com. AP (Tallahassee, Florida: International Herald Tribune). November 20, 2008. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/11/20/sports/FBC-Rolle-Rhodes-Scholar.php. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  11. Mandel, Stewart (November 6, 2008). "FSU's Rolle choosing Rhodes interview over Maryland game". SportsIllustrated.CNN.com (Time Inc.): pp. 2. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/stewart_mandel/11/06/rolle/index.html.
  12. Dinich, Heather (November 23, 2008). "Florida State safety Rolle wins Rhodes Scholarship". ESPN.com (ESPN). http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3719726. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  13. "FSU's Rolle awarded Rhodes Scholarship". pnj.com (Pensacola News Journal). November 22, 2008. http://www.pnj.com/article/20081122/SPORTS/81122033. Retrieved 22 November 2008.[dead link]
  14. Thamel, Pete (24 October 2009). "On the Way to the N.F.L. Draft, a Year of Fulfillment in England". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/sports/ncaafootball/25rolle.html?hp=&pagewanted=all.
  15. "Official Combine Results". MyronRolle.com. 2010-03-02. http://myronrolle.com/2010/03/02/official-combine-results/. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  16. Wilson, Aaron (June 14, 2010). "Titans agree to four-year deal with Myron Rolle". NationalFootballPost.com. http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Titans-agree-to-fouryear-deal-with-Myron-Rolle.html. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  17. "Brother Named Rhodes Scholar". Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. http://www.kappaalphapsi1911.com/rhodes.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  18. Dinich, Heather (2009-07-16). "Rolle's most amazing accomplishment yet". ESPN.com. http://myespn.go.com/blogs/acc/0-6-312/Rolle-s-most-amazing-accomplishment-yet.html. Retrieved 2009-08-14.

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